Eviction: Notice to Quit

If your landlord or property manager just sent you a notice to quit you can basically think of this as your last chance before eviction. The notice to quit is not a court document so you do not have to move out by the date but the landlord will then start the legal process of having you removed.

Typically a notice to quit is asking you to cease doing something that is a violation of the lease or the law. If you wish to resolve the situation and stay in your current home then you will have to ?quit? and inform the landlord or property manager that you will resolve the situation and expect to stay in your home.

If there is any legal or medical reason you cannot quit an activity, then you should probably contact a lawyer or a tenant?s rights advocate to help you plead your case. I know of a case where a woman?s medical condition caused her to scream at night while sleeping. Because this is a medical condition then she could not be evicted for routinely disturbing the peace. Also if you are handicapped and have a pet trained to help you, you obviously would not be subject to lease rules regarding no pets. So there are situations where you do not have to quit an activity even if you have received a notice to quit.

If you wish to stay and you have not ceased the activity which caused the notice to quit and you have not found representation to defend yourself then you will receive a summons and complaint from the court requiring you to make a court appearance. This means that official eviction proceedings have begun and you will most likely be asked to leave your residence.

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